370,000/150 volunteers… I am not sure that is how the math works. The volunteers help the radio station function and are not the ones realizing the benefits of the station in isolation. You have taken a naive and narrow-minded approach in this article as to the “few benefits” that CHRW provides to the general community. How would you quantify the benefits of all those within the school community and even larger amount of alumni that are avid listeners to the station.
As a student at western for 4 years I can tell you I have never picked up “The Gazette” once to read. But I still would agree it is important to the school community just like CHRW. From a news perspective if you surveyed the average student population you would likely find most people are interested in reading about pop culture (this assumption holds true with the general public). Does that mean the gazette should feature articles about The Kardashians latest family affairs. This argument is similar to what you have said about CHRW not broadcasting top 40 music that serves the “target market”. It is not because the CRTC does not permit them to play top 40 but rather an entirely different reason. CHRW is meant to provide an alternative to commercial radio and serve an educational purpose as well (given it is a university station). For those looking to hear more about the western community and local events as well as get exposed to an amazing breadth of music then CHRW will serve a great purpose.
Like many of Western’s student-funded organizations there is always a lot of room for improvement. I do appreciate the investigation into various clubs like CHRW because it is necessary to maximize the allocation of student provided funds. But I think you need to reevaluate certain parts of your analysis to present a less biased argument to the population.
(Excuse any poor grammar as this was written on iPhone)